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PERSEID METEOR STORM-Watch & Hear them here Rain or Shine-Post your Sightings and pics!
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[quote:Hugh M Eye:MV8yMzE5MTg3XzM5NTUxODg4XzYzMjQ2NUY=] [b]Can You Hear A Meteor?-[/b] For centuries, people have reported hearing a sound made by meteors as they streaked across the skies overhead. And with the Perseids about to dazzle skywatchers with a meteor display that will earn it the title "fireball champion," some researchers are wondering if the Perseid meteor shower will be heard as well as seen. In A.D. 817, as a meteor shower passed over China, many observers reported hearing buzzing, sizzling or hissing sounds, according to a 1992 report by Colin Keay, a physicist at the University of Newcastle in Australia. (snip) [b]Skywatchers hearing things[/b] As recently as the 1970s, people who reported hearing a sound as a meteor passed were routinely dismissed as crackpots, according to the report by Keay, published in the journal Asteroids, Comets, Meteors. But after a large meteor passed over New South Wales in 1978, hundreds of anecdotal reports from people who claim they heard the meteor flooded the news media. Keay analyzed 36 of these reports and drew some important conclusions. [b]Meteors obviously release electromagnetic radiation in the visible portion of the spectrum, but the fact that they also release very low frequency (VLF) radio waves, below 30 kilohertz, is less known and less studied. Because these VLF radio waves travel at the speed of light (not at the speed of sound), they arrive at the same time observers see a meteor passing overhead.[/b] more here: http://www.accuweather.com/en/outdoor-articles/astronomy/can-you-hear-a-meteor/16495668 [/quote]
Perseid Meteor showers peaking now through tomorrow night. Thanks to our beloved internet we can observe them from our computers even if it's raining outside. Of course if you're blessed with clear, dark skies all you need is a lounge chair or blanket, some bug repellent and a pair of eyeballs. That's right, NO FANCY OPTICS REQUIRED.
Perseid viewing guide:
link to www.skyandtelescope.com
If it cloudy, raining, or light-polluted where you are, or you're just afraid to leave the cocoon.....there is a remedy.
The Meteor Detection site has a live feed of radar echoes (just click on the 'Live Audio' item in the menu.
Also, their 3D Meteor detector has been hoppin' all night:
link to www.merriott-astro.co.uk
Also there are live meteor cams galore-
UK Meteor Observation Network:
link to www.ukmeteorwatch.co.uk
Worldwide All-Sky Camera Network:
link to www.allskycam.com
NASA's Fireball Network;
link to fireballs.ndc.nasa.gov
More radar echoes heard from the US (I personally like the UK audio quality better):
link to topaz.streamguys.tv
More info on the Radar echoes:
link to spaceweatherradio.com
link to topaz.streamguys.tv
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